gamaat, gamatShow more Also gamaat, gamat, ghammat, and with initial capital.
Adaptation of Mohamed.
a.A man of Cape Malay descent; a ‘coloured’ man.b.A given name for a stereotypical Cape Malay folk-figure, often the subject of jokes. Also attributive. In both senses also called Gammatjie.Cf. Meraai.
a1951H.C. BosmanWillemsdorp (1977) 58From his speech and mannerisms, and also, to some extent, from his name, Josias, you would be..inclined to classify him as a Cape Gamat.
1955A. DeliusYoung Trav. in S. Afr. 99Scattered about..were smaller, flat-roofed, two-roomed dwellings..which..belonged to the Kleurlinge, Gamats or ‘Hotnots’, as the coloured farm labourers were variously known.
1970Post 10 May 15Gammat, a lodger: ‘What’s the weather like outside?’ Landlady: ‘Rather like your bill.’ Gammat: ‘What do you mean.’ Landlady: ‘Unsettled.’
1971J. McClureSteam Pig (1973) 216How come a brother murders his own sister. Even for a gamaat, that’s pretty low.
1974Drum 22 Mar. (cartoon)You think you got troubles, Gammat — they got me for doing 51 kmh, for storing 11 litres of petrol, for drunken driving, my wife’s left me, and I got Meraai into trouble.
1974G. JenkinsBridge of Magpies (1977) 40A point of light showed...‘It burns all night, every night. No gamat would stay otherwise.’ Gamat is an affectionate term for the fine half-caste Malay fishermen of the Cape.
1980A. Dangor inM. MutloatseForced Landing 161People now live..in homes with scraggy, sandy gardens that the ingenious white man had reclaimed from the sea. Gamat! You have become Neptune’s tenant. Pay your rent or he’ll stick his trident up your arse.
1986V. Cooke et al. inS. GrayMarket Plays 34Who’s this goffel?..Born in Cape Town. He’s a gamat...Does he think he’s American or something. He’s a Hottentot, man.
1977J. Suzman inDarling 16 Mar. 89One of the interesting things about this country is the extraordinary mixes of language...When Pieter Dirk Uys uses gamattaal, he’s legitimately using the language form which expresses the nature of the people he’s writing about.
[1981V.A. FebruaryMind your Colour 95Kaaps..is not what some Englishman in South Africa refers to as ‘Capey’,..not what some Afrikaans-speaking persons refer to as Gamat-taal.]
1982P. McMagh inJ. BranfordDict. of S. Afr. Eng. (1987) 83The word diener..it’s currently the gamat for policeman.
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